Hardliners in Iran’s parliament want to limit cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“The IAEA had three months to fulfil its obligations … it did not do so and the deadline expired yesterday (Saturday),’’ Parliament Speaker, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, said on Sunday, according to the ISNA news agency.
Accordingly, the UN agency should no longer have access to pictures of and information from Iran’s nuclear facilities, Ghalibaf said.
IAEA chief, Rafael Grossi, said he would make a statement later on Sunday.
Under an interim agreement reached between Tehran and the IAEA at the end of February, full monitoring of Iran’s nuclear facilities would only start when the 2015 Vienna nuclear deal was implemented, and the U.S. sanctions lifted.
Iran would continue to allow the IAEA to monitor, but not within the framework of the so-called IAEA Additional Protocol and, accordingly, only in a very limited way.
Ghalibaf’s statements are seen by observers as part of an internal power struggle that has been going on for months ahead of the presidential election on June 18.
The hardliners believe that an international agreement in the nuclear dispute before the election could harm their chances of victory.
Intensive negotiations between Iran and the five parties to the Vienna nuclear agreement have been going on in Vienna for more than a month.
According to Rowhani, an agreement is imminent.